A BARN owl that “flew the nest” has been returned home — after it spent days fending for itself around Bolton.
Bird lover Andrew Ridyard, aged 28, was flying his feathery female friend in his garden in Moorside Avenue, Farnworth, on May 21 when it was spooked by a loud noise and flew off.
|Andrew Ridyard with his pet owl|
After The Bolton News appealed to the public to look out for the owl, several residents called to say they had spotted her at locations across the borough.
Mr Ridyard initially remained upbeat about his chances of finding the bird.
But after a week passed without her returning home he admitted that time was running out and that he was concerned she would starve or be attacked by larger predators.
But thanks to a group of helpful Bolton residents, the owl has now been returned to Mr Ridyard.